The explosive third novel in James S. A. Corey's Expanse space opera series, which began with the critically acclaimed Leviathan Wakes
For generations, the solar system - Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt - was humanity's great frontier. Until now. The alien artefact working through its program under the clouds of Venus has emerged to build a massive structure outside the orbit of Uranus: a gate that leads into a starless dark.
Jim Holden and the crew of the Rocinante are part of a vast flotilla of scientific and military ships going out to examine the artefact. But behind the scenes, a complex plot is unfolding, with the destruction of Holden at its core. As the emissaries of the human race try to find whether the gate is an opportunity or a threat, the greatest danger is the one they brought with them.
The best space opera has to offer - LIBRARY JOURNAL (starred review)
Great characters, excellent dialogue, memorable fights, freakish experiments, and twisty-turny mysteries . . . Only an excellent book series can pull them all off, and the Expanse will definitely be added to the shortlist of science fiction tales that manage to do so - WIRED.COM
The authors are superb with the exciting bits: shipboard coups and battles are a thrill to follow - WASHINGTON POST
This is the future the way it was supposed to be - The Wall Street Journal on Leviathan Wakes
A politically complex and pulse-pounding page turner . . . Series fans will find this installment the best yet - PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (starred review)
As close as you'll get to a Hollywood blockbuster in book form - io9.com
Tense and thrilling - SciFi Now